May 17th SPEAKER— “Exploring the Complexities of the Fictional Series” with Alon Shalev

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Alon Shalev lives and writes in two worlds. He is the author of three social justice-themed novels and an award-winning epic-fantasy series. He swears there is a connection.

His first epic fantasy novel, At the Walls Of Galbrieth, won the Eric Hoffer Book Award – YA Category ,and was a Grand Prize Finalist. All his fantasy novels, published by Tourmaline Books, are first presented to Shalev’s sons, his harshest critics, each summer in a six-year family ritual. Book 5 will be released this summer and Book 6 in early 2016.

Shalev continues to write in both genres. Following the success of The Accidental Activist, Three Clover Press released Unwanted Heroes, which brings together an old, battle-scarred Chinese American war vet and an idealistic and pretentious young Englishman who share a love for San Francisco, coffee, and wine. Both are haunted by repressed memories of a tragic past. Shalev wrote a sequel and will discuss the complexities of building a series in both genres.

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Our CWC featured author will be Gini Graham Scott, who has authored over 50 books!

Annual Retreat: April 19th, 2015

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In place of our free monthly speaker at the library, we invite our members to take part in our annual Planning Retreat. This is where all members have the opportunity to shape the direction and goals of the club for the following year, which begins each September.  We will discuss how to revitalize our programs and events to better meet our writing goals.

Why did you join the California Writers Club? What were you looking for when you joined? Have you found it? We all want to write better, network with other writers and get our writing published.

Be part of the exciting transformation! Come to the Planning Retreat. Let’s work together to make it happen!

The day will include:

  • free lunch,
  • a fun writing exercise,
  • and prizes!

RSVP by April 14th to Madelen Lontiong, mlontiong2010@yahoo.com. Click here for Independence Plaza location.

Come Write With Us!

Speaker: From TV to Print with FRED ZEHNDER, March 15, 2015

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CWC – Speaker – Fred Zehnder_burstNative Californian Fred Zehnder is the publisher of two weekly East Bay newspapers; The San Leandro Times and The Castro Valley Forum.

His career in broadcasting began in 1952 at KHUM radio in Eureka. He served as the broadcast director in the Army’s information office at Fort Bliss, Texas, where his immediate superior was Sam Donaldson (ABC News).

Mr. Zehnder has worked with KPIX, CBS, KOVR and KGO before settling in with KTVU as news director, a position he held for 23 years until he retired in 1999. He has won 5 Emmy awards. “Nearly my entire career in journalism has been as a TV cameraman, assignment editor, producer and manager, and now as a community newspaper editor.” Zehnder was considered a respected journalist who insisted on fairness and accuracy.

This will be a chance to talk intimately with someone who knows the ins and outs of journalism and the entire scope behind the lens. Please come to this discussion forum and have your question ready to participate in this incredible opportunity!

Fred Zehnder, 81, lives in Alameda with his pet rabbit. He collects antique printing equipment and classic broadcast microphones. You can learn more at http://www.ebpublishing.com

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Our CWC featured author will be historical fiction writer Sue Mote, author of Hmong and American.

Calling all Fifth Graders (and Fifth Grade Teachers!)

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Please spread the word far and wide to East Bay fifth-grade students and teachers that our 29th Annual Fifth Grade Story Contest is now open for entries! Information about this contest can be found on our website here.

Students can work on polished pieces of writing (a reward in itself) and win cash prizes. The winning story is posted on our website. Special Alert: The deadline has been extended to May 1st, 2015!

See our contest page here for more information.

Good luck to all our promising young writers!

SPEAKER: “Romance: Keeping the Sizzle in Your Story” with Melanie Denman

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Join us on Sunday, February 15th, for our next speaker!

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Melanie Denman discusses the many techniques she has used to incorporate passion, romance, and adventure into her novel, and where she found the most inspiration.

Melanie’s novel, Visiting the Sins, received the 2013 Bronze IPPY for Regional Southern Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Visiting the Sins is a darkly funny story about mothers and daughters, naked ambition, elusive redemption, and all the torment it’s possible to inflict in the name of family.

An eighth generation Texan and former banker and cattle rancher, she currently lives with her family in the East Bay.

She is an American Red Cross disaster service worker and a member of the Mt Diablo Chapter of CWC.

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See you tomorrow for the Snowflake Method!

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Screen shot 2014-12-22 at 9.15.18 PMFor our first meeting in the new year, we are looking forward to hearing Sarah Sundin speak on how she uses Randy Ingermanson’s famous Snowflake Method to help develop the stories for her books. We are considering starting a critique group to help each other use these techniques for our writing projects—find Dave Sawle at the meeting or contact him via email.

Doors open at 1pm when the Marketing Group meets to kick-off 2015.  (Non-members are invited to audit any of our support/critique groups before joining the club).

Announcements and club business happens at 2pm, then some more networking. At 2:40, member Lucille Bellucci will speak about her recent writing experiences, and Sundin speaks at 3pm. Click here for directions to the library.

Come write with us!

p.s. Happy Birthday, AL!

 

MEMOIR WORKSHOP February 7th with Kevin Fisher-Paulson

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Kevin Fisher-Paulson, the author of A Song for Lost Angels, will present a workshop on the art of memoir, or How-to-Tell-the- Truth-About-Your Life-and- Still-Keep-People-Reading. The author talks about the examined life, how he found himself and his meaning through telling his unique story to the world.

Practical techniques are discussed about “mining” one’s own life, and finding the voice, the words and the atmosphere to give it meaning.

Join us for this dynamic experience with Kevin, who will immediately make you feel at home and work closely with us to better our writing. While targeting memoir storytellers, these tools will be helpful to any author who has a story to tell, whether through fictionalized characters or our own lives.

Kevin Fisher-Paulson is the author of A Song for Lost Angels. He is also included in When Love Lasts Forever, by Pilgrim Press.

He has also produced theater work for the Next Wave Festival, Theater Rhinoceros, The National AIDS Theater Festival and written for the NPR Perspective Series. He studied writing at the University of Notre Dame, with continued coursework at the University of Iowa and the University of Oregon.

When not writing, Kevin serves as Captain of the Honor Guard for the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department.

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Members $12 | Non-Members $29

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